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Doctor Who tops awards shortlist
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Doctor Who has won six National TV Awards in two years
Sci-fi show Doctor Who has been shortlisted for three prizes at this year's National TV Awards.

The BBC One programme is up for most popular drama, while stars David Tennant and Freema Agyeman have been nominated for best actor and actress.

Meanwhile, Saturday night TV giants Andrew Lloyd Webber and Simon Cowell will go head-to-head in a new category, most popular talent show.

The winners of the public vote will be announced at a ceremony on 31 October.

Doctor Who has had a clean sweep in the actor, actress and drama categories for the last two years.

This year it is up against Life on Mars, Shameless and The Bill in the best drama category.

Soap stars

Agyeman, who played Doctor Who's companion in the last series, faces up to EastEnders stars Kara Tointon and Lacey Turner, and Coronation Street's Sue Cleaver for best actress.

Tennant, who plays the Time Lord, is up against Coronation Street favourite Antony Cotton, Charlie Clements from EastEnders, and James Sutton from Hollyoaks.

Cowell has two chances to win in the talent show category, as both The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent have been nominated.

Other nominees include Any Dream Will Do, Dancing on Ice and Strictly Come Dancing.

The National TV Awards is a ceremony for everyone who loves great television
Sir Trevor MacDonald
Up for most popular entertainment programme are Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Deal or No Deal, An Audience With Take That Live, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and 8 Out of 10 Cats.

Ant and Dec and Jonathan Ross are also up for most popular entertainment presenter, along with Fern Britton, Graham Norton and Paul O'Grady.

Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks will all fight it out for the best soap award.

National TV Awards host Sir Trevor McDonald said: "It has been a controversial year for the TV industry which has rarely been out of the news, but the National TV Awards are a celebration of TV programming at its most popular.

"The variety of nominees this year shows the remarkable range and diversity of the programmes we all watch.

"The National TV Awards is a ceremony for everyone who loves great television and a unique opportunity for us to catch up on the best TV moments of the past year."

Winners of the National TV Awards are voted for by the public.

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